The Malawi Legal Aid Bureau has said its Chilungamo Justice and Accountability awareness campaign across the country has received overwhelming response.
The European Union (EU) funded project aims at facilitating ease of access to justice by local people, especially those that cannot afford to hire a lawyer through adverts on radios and televisions to maximise reach.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Friday, the bureau’s spokesperson Jacqueline Ngongonda said through the awareness campaigns, the bureau has received double the number of cases it normally receives in a year.
“We used to receive an average of about 500 cases in a year per region. Now, the number has doubled, and exceeded 1 000 cases in a year per region,” she said.
Ngongonda, therefore, urged those among the public with any legal grievance to visit the bureau’s offices in all the regions for advice or legal representation.
The Legal Aid Bureau was established under Section 3 of the Legal Aid Act of 2010 to provide legal aid services to vulnerable people in need of such services.